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Review: 2020 Biddy Tarot Planner

I’m really enjoying reading oracle cards, for myself and for other people. I love the way so much information comes through, and the illustrations on the decks are inspiring and beautiful. Until now, I’ve been a bit nervous about reading the tarot, although I love it when friends read the cards for me. I’ve felt somewhat intimidated by all the traditional meanings – oracle cards are much more flexible, and there are less of them to shuffle! The Biddy Tarot Planner has helped me so much with this.

2020 will be my year of action, when I venture out of my comfort zone, try new things, and strengthen my connection with Spirit. This is my year to master the tarot, and I’m thinking outside the box, because that’s how I rock! I really need to get familiar with all 78 cards in the Major and Minor Arcanas, so when I saw the Biddy Tarot Planner, I thought it looked like a fun way to learn more about the tarot, and also about myself.

Brigit Esselmont – aka Biddy Tarot – is an Australian lady with a unique, refreshing and enthusiastic approach to reading and interpreting the tarot. She makes it accessible to anyone, and the planner is a great way to connect with the cards, and also to learn spreads and how to read them. You’ll get to understand different ways to connect with the prevailing energies of each month, taking in astrological and planetary influences, moon cycles, crystals and rituals. It’s not all about the cards: using the planner encourages personal growth through regular spiritual practice.

I didn’t discover Biddy Tarot and her planner until just after New Year, when I was looking for ways to boost my tarot knowledge, so I have only been using the planner for around two weeks, However, the difference in my understanding of tarot, and myself is already marked, so I have great hopes for the rest of 2020.

There is lots of space for journalling about your daily life, intentions and reflections, your summary of 2019, aspirations for 2020, and plans for achieving your goals, learning lessons, and releasing negativity to align with your best life. You’re encouraged to reflect on the lessons of the past, interpret the cards you draw, and apply these insights to your daily life to bring more positivity and abundance into your life.

As I was late to the party, so to speak, I wondered about doing the early January spreads and exercises. A quick message to the Facebook Support Group, to which all tarot planner users have access, soon reassured me that the spreads weren’t cast in stone. Therefore I could go ahead and work with them when I wanted to.

A few days ago, I decided to work with the 12 card New Year Spread – which can also be done on your birthday, if you prefer. I was just blown away with the results. From not even attempting to read the tarot previously, in two weeks, I was able to interpret the cards without even looking at the guide book.

The way the planner is set out, there is a box where you can write your findings for each of the 12 cards. Each card has a particular meaning, such as ‘Lessons learned in the past year’ and ‘What empowers you in reaching your aspirations for the year.’

In each case, I connected with the energy of the card and wrote down my insights. Then I looked at the card, to see what else I could glean, before checking the information for each card in the guidebook of my chosen deck, ‘The Good Tarot’ by Colette Baron Reid.

The ‘Lessons’ card suggested I’d learned to step back from people who didn’t want to be helped, and that I was stronger than I thought, so I could do anything I set my mind to. I turned over the card to discover it was ‘Strength’ from the Major Arcana, which indicated that I had dealt with challenges with courage and perseverance, and nothing could beat me. This was confirmed in the guidebook, so I was really pleased with my intuitive skills.

Basically, the book confirmed what I’d gathered from the spread on all 12 cards, giving me a positive and insightful reading for 2020. I was really impressed. After just two weeks of drawing a card each day, setting intentions and reflecting on how the events of the day had mirrored the insights of the card, here I was, doing an accurate 12 card reading for myself.

In September, I was reading oracle cards at a charity event, and one sitter’s husband said, ‘Fancy letting a deck of cards rule your life.’ As I explained to him through gritted teeth, cards don’t rule your life, but they can enhance it by giving you insights, guidance, hope and encouragement. The 2020 Biddy Tarot Planner is giving me insights, guidance, hope and encouragement as I begin my journey with the tarot, and it can do the same for you too. Check it out and see what you think.

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